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Chapter one

May . . .

Riggan

My heart starts pounding when we all pull up at the house in Konnor's murdered out Tahoe. Sayler's white Lexus LC sits in its usual place beside my old school black Chevy Silverado—the same truck I drove in high school—telling me she's home.

Fucking rich kids. Back in high school I despised them. I hated their arrogance. The way they flaunted shit they didn't even pay for. They thought the world bowed at their feet because of how much money their parents had. They were all the fucking same—lame, predictable—and nine times out of ten, they treated people like shit that were less fortunate than them.

A deep rumble tumbles from my lips as I look out the dark, tinted window, elbow on the door, seeing my black truck in contrast to her white car. A person's ride says a lot about them, and it's ironic between the two that there is a dark and a light, just like us. A week gone. I've been wondering what the little brat has been up to. Her cryptic text messages are enough to make me crazy.

"Damn," Maddox says. "Is that blondie's car?"

My mouth tips under my index finger. Welcome to the fucking rich club, bro. Maddox was raised with a blue collar family too. He just had both parents instead of my one. But both of his parents worked their asses off. "That would be the princess' car," I say.

He nudges me, already laughing and trying to piss me off. I can tell. "Your piece of shit in the driveway is devaluing that big-ass house. Surprised the HOA hasn't had it towed."

"Well, yours is about to be next to it. As soon as it arrives."

"I'm not driving the same piece of shit from high school," he muses. "Real men work for their toys. My Ford Raptor will look a hell of a lot better than your metal junker."

I roll my eyes. He knows I don't give a shit. "I'm not paying a note either, dipshit. I'll keep my piece of shit and my money."

The SUV pulls inside of the garage, blacking us in as the door rolls down behind us. The click of the doors unlocking sounds inside of the vehicle, and Presley turns around from the front passenger seat, smiling just as big as she has been since she asked dumbass here to move in. "Sayler said your furniture and stuff is sitting in the middle of your rooms, waiting for both of you."

I open the door and hop out, hurrying to the back to grab my suitcase from the cargo area. "Can you grab mine?" Maddox calls out, digging around in the back for something.

I smirk, grabbing my bag and leaving his. "Mama ain't here to do it for you anymore, pretty boy. Get your own shit."

He scoffs, staring through the vehicle at me while he winds up his cell charger as Konnor and Presley clean out the garbage from the food bags and cups we got from a drive-thru once we left the airport. "I paid my parents rent, asshole. They pretty much lived at the camp. Don't act like I'm some worthless twenty-four-year-old that lived with my parents to make me look bad. And just because I own clothes with a little style and color doesn't make me a pretty boy. You don't have that many more tattoos than me."

I shrug, holding back the smile. He's not the only one that knows how to get under my skin. You learn a lot of shit about a person over time. Their strengths. Their weaknesses. What makes them paranoid and what builds their ego. "If you're not a pretty boy then why are you getting so offended?" I say, already making my way to the door.

I turn the knob and walk through, slamming the door behind me, not waiting for a response. There's someone I'd rather look at than him. Preferably naked with my cock somewhere inside her body. I leave my suitcase by the door until I can take it upstairs. There is no noise aside from the dryer running. "Sayler."

The house is vacated, and mostly dark, too, the only light coming from the sunlight filtering in through the large uncovered windows of the great room, but with the natural bamboo floors and the neutral paint colors, light is rarely needed here during the day.

I move farther inside, looking around. She hasn't answered my texts since before boarding back in Mississippi, but I'm discovering that's not all that uncommon where Sayler is concerned. She has a tendency to put her phone down and walk off, before getting distracted with something else.

I know she's here if her car is here, unless she's somewhere with that dick Nolan I'm not too fond of still. He thinks she belongs to him in ways, and I don't like it. I can see the possessiveness in his stance and stare every time we're all around each other, and though it may not be sexually, it's enough to piss me off.

Maybe she's in her room. It's a big enough house that despite it having another floor overhead, you'd never hear what was going on up there. I pass through the kitchen on my way to the staircase, spotting her smartphone laying on the massive, white island next to a bottle of tequila and margarita mix. I scan the area, taking in the blender pitcher in the sink, filled with water and suds to soak.

She's drinking alone?

Traipsing through the house, I make it to the stairs, taking them two by two until I'm standing at her cracked door on the second floor. "Sayler," I call, pushing it open. Everything is immaculate, like it always is, not a single item out of place. She's not in here.

Out of curiosity I walk next door to my room and open the closed door. My bed is put together, but everything else sits scattered. Taped up cardboard boxes sit in no particular order along every wall, black words written on the outside with permanent marker, revealing what items are inside. My guitars are laying on top of the sheetless mattress. And my desk and dresser were just shoved against the first wall the movers came to, sitting side by side. I'll have to go buy a TV later. I sold the one I had in the living room of my apartment forever ago for drug money. Abby wasn't attached to it. She liked to read. Rarely turned that thing on. That's why we didn't have one in the bedroom.

Sayler hasn't been in here. I half expected it to be put together, honestly—clothes in the dresser and hung in the closet. She's bitched about my folded clothes against the wall one too many times. Even offered to go buy me a dresser. I wouldn't let her. Sayler likes to clean. She likes organized perfection. No mess. No clutter. Everything has a place. It's the first thing I picked up on once we all moved in here. I'm a little more organized chaos. I've gotten so used to just living out of a suitcase it's weird to see my furniture again.

Then it dawns on me. Where the hell is she? "Goddamn! That's blondie?" Maddox says, making my blood run cold. My feet take off, my hand gripping the frame of the door to keep me upright as I swing around it into the hall. I trek down the stairs, following his voice.

"Um," Presley says. "I forgot to warn you."

Warn you? What the hell?

I storm through the great room toward them, every muscle in my body tense. They're all standing next to the wall of windows that leads out to the pool. The entire wall is made of sliding glass doors that make it an indoor-outdoor space. Konnor looks at me as I approach, all of them shoulder to shoulder, my eyes hard on Maddox. Fucker better shut up. He knows when his jokes go too far. "Don't do anything stupid," Konnor says. "You know pissing her off doesn't work."

"Move."

Presley's head falls back. "Why don't you just go unpack and let me wake her. I was supposed to text her when we left the airport. I forgot."

"I totally get it," Maddox says, pulling my eyes back to him. I'm about to break his nose. "Bitch is hot. That body . . . I'd be a little pissy too if I were you."

And then I think about what it takes to piss Maddox off in terms of a girl. He's as possessive as me, if not worse. It has to be a southern boy thing. And I remember how Sayler is. "Move outta my fuckin' way."

He slides to the side, almost in a dance. He knows. The fucker knows what he's doing. I look out the glass, and the urge to tear something apart overwhelms me. I'm gonna kill her. Or fuck her to death one. Whichever comes first. I can't move. I'm rooted to my place. Everything is tinted red from the palms moving with the light breeze to the sky I know should be blue. "Scatter."

Footsteps pad across the floor, fading with every second, but a hand squeezes my shoulder. "Possession is the key to everything," Maddox whispers, before walking away, but I can't even think I'm so mad. Abby wouldn't have been caught dead like that.

I slide open the door and walk outside, rounding the pool in the direction of her lounger, and stop next to her, crossing my arms at my chest as I take her in. The tip of my boot hits the empty margarita glass sitting on the cement, shoving it over an inch, under her chair.

I throw a leg over the lounger, a boot on each side, creating a wall between her and anyone stupid enough to still be watching. My dick is a solid rod of steel, barely masked by my jeans. Her white-blonde hair is pulled into a messy fold on top of her head, springs fanning out like some pieces are shorter than the rest of her hair.

Her face is clean of makeup, except maybe a little mascara, only noticeable because her eyes are closed. Her full, pouty lips have a waxy coating on them, like she's wearing chapstick, and her head is rolled to the side enough to show she has wireless ear buds in her ears. I glance around, wondering what they're connected to if her phone is inside, then I spot an iPad right under her chair, out of direct sunlight.

Her birth mark is showing, making me want to flick my tongue over it like I always do. The oil coating her bare skin makes her entire body glossy. My mouth waters, imagining my tongue looping around her pink nipple, perfect in size. With every breath her tits move, teasing me. And that tiny scrap of fabric that only covers her mound before it goes to nothing but strings has my heart racing. What the fuck kind of swimsuit bottoms are those? They leave not a damn thing to the imagination.

I exhale. God, she's beautiful. I'm mesmerized by her. I don't understand it. And I think that's what pisses me off the most. She's terrorizing my mind. Wrecking my world. Making everything in this god-forsaken world seem so trivial. With every day that passes it's hard to remember my life before the three of them barged in. I can't see past these people anymore. The drug cravings are still there, but they're a hell of a lot less potent.

And, I shouldn't be a dick to her. Especially when the little bratty rich bitch looks like an angel when she's sleeping. So peaceful. She didn't know another man was going to be drooling over her bare tits. I highly doubt she planned to fall asleep when she took her top off. And the entire backside of the property is fenced off for privacy.

But, I've gone a week without her pussy and I'm on edge. And I don't like her rack on display—the most perfect set of natural tits I've seen to date. Just over a handful. Symmetrical. Perky. If you placed a pencil underneath them it wouldn't stick. Perfect ratio between breast volume and nipple size. It spikes this jealous side of me that is still so foreign. She brought that on herself. It's her fault I am this way.

The bigger of a dick I am the more of a little spoiled tyrant she becomes, and maybe, I even like it. Her tantrums send a rush of adrenaline straight for my groin. She fucks so good when she's angry. Maybe her little bratty behavior is what hooked me, or it could be that a princess like her should be with a handsome prince. Not the tattooed villain with anger issues and a grudge against the world.

We don't belong together any more than Abby and I belonged together, but maybe I like going after the ones out of my league. Whatever the reason is, it's still fun to dirty that little crown of hers. Just like Abby, she has so much power over me already, but it wouldn't benefit me to lay all my cards on the table, now would it?

I run my eyes down her body one more time, taking in the slight bend of one leg, turning her thigh upward, and making that foot perpendicular to her calf of the straight leg. I groan. I'm about to make her scream.

Leaning down, I pluck the AirPods from her ears and return to full height. She jerks upright, already fumbling for them, and her mouth comes crashing against my fly. "Princess, if you wanted to suck my dick why didn't you just say so?"

She rears back a little as she blinks to focus in front of her, and wipes at the corners of her mouth, checking for drool. Then she looks up, those bright blue eyes staring right at me. "Oh, please. You wish."

I tilt my head. "Scared you're gonna be shit at it?"

"Maybe I just don't want your dirty dick in the same place I shovel food."

Uh. God, girl, you make me so hard.

"What's fair is fair, princess. I lick all over that pretty little pussy of yours. You don't seem to have any problems with my dirty dick when it's making you come. Open up. It's time to pop that mouth cherry. Just lick it like a lollipop. I promise it won't take long to get to the center."

She scowls at me. "Eat shit. You're being extra dickish today. Find a whore back home?"

What would possibly compare?

My mouth tilts. "Wouldn't you like to know . . ."

She narrows her eyes and purses her bubbly lips. Knowing her dad is a plastic surgeon I'd think she had them filled, but knowing her, I know they're real. "Then maybe I invited a few guys over, played strip pool downstairs, and let them all run train on me in the bed you've been sleeping in."

My smirk disappears. I lean in and grip her chin, hard, holding her to me. She tries to pull away. I clamp tighter. "Only if you want to dig the grave the fucker will be buried in."

She smirks. "I take it you missed me then?"

"Brat."

"Asshole."

Fuck. My cock is throbbing with blood. I need release. I growl out, just before capturing her lips with mine. She moans against them, already fisting my dick through my jeans. Both mouths open. Tongues touch. Flicking and swirling and swiping. My hand glides up her oily thigh. "I'm not leaving you next time. My dick was too lonely."

"Yes," she whispers. "I had to get myself off. It was no fun," she says in a pouty tone that I like way too damn much.

Fuck me. The tips of my fingers dig under the material at her bikini line, skimming the soft skin. "Did you pretend it was me touching you?"

"Wouldn't you like to know?" she says, tossing my earlier phrase back. I pinch her lip, drawing a yelp out of her. "Yes," she says, changing her answer.

I slip a finger inside her wet heat. "Did it feel like this?"

Her head drops back and her legs spread on the lounger, giving me more room to pump in and out of her. Her nipples come to a point. "No. It's not enough."

I insert another finger, slowly working the two in and out. "Shit."

"Like this?"

"No. You're bigger. I had to make it feel like you."

Jesus.

I slide in a third. "How about now? Does this feel like me?"

She grinds against my hand. "Yes."

The crotch of my jeans is so tight. I want to feel her insides. My fingers are soaked. I pull out and run the tips of all three fingers up her slit, before massaging in circles over her clit. She lifts her pelvis off the chair, eyes closed, chasing her orgasm. And now the fun begins.

I stop and pull away, no longer touching her. She looks up at me as I stand, angry, not liking the teasing. Yeah, well, no guy likes a cock tease either. "Hey. What the hell? Why did you stop? I was about to come. Don't be an asshole. You started it."

"I don't like coming home with my friends and your tits being on display. Konnor is used to your lack of modesty. He can't see past Presley. Maddox is single. He thinks with his dick. His eyes control it. Now he's going to be up there on the third floor stroking his cock to your rack—my rack—because of you. He has that golden boy personality with a bad boy edge. Everyone likes him. If you so much as look at him the wrong way, let alone flirt, I will kill one of my best friends. Don't be that girl."

Her eyes round out, and then she looks down at her bare torso, her arm flying across her nipples. "Shit!"

She starts looking around. I pick up the crumbled fabric off the edge of the cement, not far from slipping into the pool, and hand it to her. She pulls it on, the ragged edge stopping at the top of her ribcage. It's a cut-up tee shirt. I shake my head, wanting to drive it against a brick wall. "What now? Sorry, okay. I fell asleep. Do you know how much tan lines suck when you're trying to wear cute tops?"

"Like that's any fucking better. I can still see your nipples."

She smiles. "They're just boobs. My God. My dad looks at boobs daily. Are you jealous someone might see?"

"Fuck yes. They are for me to suck and fuck and lick and pinch. Girls going to get boob jobs also don't have tits that look like yours."

She throws her leg over the chair and stands, her mouth open. "They wouldn't be hard if you'd stop talking like that!"

I drive my shoulder into her stomach and stand when she leans forward to get her iPad, her body now folded over me, my arm around her thighs. She pounds her fists into my back. "Put me down. I have to get my stuff."

"Later," I say, making my way back toward the house with her hanging over my shoulder. "You got me hard. You're going to take care of it."

"I'm not sucking your dick," she says. "I told you I don't do that."

I'm so hard it hurts. "Don't speak too soon, princess. Eventually, you're going to let me in that pretty little mouth of yours. In fact, I'm going to wait until you beg me for it."

"Never gonna happen," she retorts, making me smile.

We'll see.

The door slides open, Maddox standing out of the way, struggling not to look at her ass. I haul her inside, glancing at him, ignoring the smirk on his face. Sayler pushes against my back to elevate her body, and holds out her hand toward him. "Sayler. I'm assuming you're—"

"Doesn't matter," I tell her. "To you he's just the stranger on the third floor."

I continue toward the stairs, listening to Maddox laugh behind me. "Catnip," he shouts. I flip him off. A week is way too long, apparently. Time to catch up.

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